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Laser projection system for polymer transverse strain measurements in tensile testing


[ 1 ] Instytut Technologii Mechanicznej, Wydział Inżynierii Mechanicznej, Politechnika Poznańska | [ 2 ] Instytut Mechaniki Stosowanej, Wydział Inżynierii Mechanicznej, Politechnika Poznańska | [ 3 ] Instytut Konstrukcji Maszyn, Wydział Inżynierii Mechanicznej, Politechnika Poznańska | [ P ] employee

Scientific discipline (Law 2.0)

[2.8] Mechanical engineering

Year of publication


Published in

Optical Engineering

Journal year: 2023 | Journal volume: vol. 62 | Journal number: no. 1

Article type

scientific article

Publication language


  • polymers mechanical properties
  • projection system
  • optical metrology
  • tensile testing
  • laser system
  • R programming

EN A self-built laser projection system for optical transverse strain measurements in tensile testing is presented. The setup based on laser diode modules, charge-coupled device array detectors, and standard optomechanical components is proposed to be a low-cost system for testing polymer samples. The optical setup is mobile and can easily be mounted on a tensile test machine. Circular cross-sectional changes in polymer diameter were detected with 10-μm resolution and stress-strain curves obtained by a tensile test machine. The article describes signal processing using the open-source programming language R, and the transverse deformation of the polymer sample is evaluated in two perpendicular planes. The results obtained by the optical system may be used to accurately describe the models of energy-based mechanical properties of polymers for complex load conditions.

Pages (from - to)

014106-1 - 014106-18





article number: 014106

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Impact Factor

1.352 [List 2021]

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